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Pretty Victorian Bobbin

Not long back from the UK for Alex’s birthday, he has just turned 16!!!!   Flitting back and forth to the UK for my three grandchildren’s birthdays is the norm for me at this time of year.

Being at home this time worked out really well as I was able to go to the Sandown Park Craft Show.  Clare, Lauren and myself even managed to get into a make and take with the MDF Man.

For this week’s class instead of making a card we made a very pretty Victorian Bobbin Reel.  This was done with a toilet roll and two die cut circles.  The classes are only two hours long, which always extends into three, so the girls didn’t get to finish and had to take home to complete.

Long time since I have done pretty pretty and this ‘Bobbin Reel’ is extremely sweet looking.


When the bow is untied the linen, lace and burlap, which I stitched one on top of the other to form a band, unravels and reveals some very pretty ephemera inside.


The sewing machine even made an appearance along with some white paint but I went quite sparingly with the stamping.


Most of the things used on this piece are all elements that didn’t make the muster on other projects so were thrown into a bit box.


Graphic 45 are some of the papers used inside the roll which is such a great way to use up those odds and ends of paper snippets.






14 Responses to “Pretty Victorian Bobbin”

  1. brenda says:

    Oh you lucky girl going to Sandown, I heard it was good. I went to the Thetfod show that weekend as it’s only about an hour away, it’s usually a nice show but little was very much the operative word this time. For some bizarre reason they bought it forward a week so it clashed, bad move.

    Love crafty work today Shirl and perfect way to use up those G45 odds and ends.

    B x

  2. Craftyfield says:

    Your bobbin is simply stunning! All the little details, embellishments… a definite Shabby Chic feel (love the look but can never quite get there myself!) Beau-ti-ful!
    I also have birthday galore this month and ironically haven’t got appropriate cards made up yet! But good news I’m going to the Make it in Farnborough, probably Saturday rather than Friday, not 100% sure yet (I bet it’s a lot quieter on Friday and I don’t like crowds much).

  3. Diana says:

    Beautiful… It look like a very big tp roll. I’ve never seen one of those.

  4. Anne R says:

    You certainly had a lot of fabulous bits and pieces in your bit box Shirl, this creation is stunning, so feminine and definitely very pretty! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Dot says:

    What a great use for the bits in your bits box! Very feminine and shabby chic. So glad that you girls had fun – and you are so lucky to be able to enjoy time with the grandies as they grow up. Very special xxx

  6. Meggymay says:

    This is beautiful Shirley. Stunning details and a great idea.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Shirley says:

    Gorgeous decorated Bobbin, the details are fantastic and so wonderfully feminine. Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx

  8. butterfly says:

    Absolutely charming… so pretty and perfectly shabby chic. I love how it unwinds to reveal even more loveliness – clever construction and wonderful use of all the papers and lovely feminine frilly bits and bobs.
    Alison xx

  9. coco says:

    This is totally exquisite and so stunning… Oh Shirl, you’re really a model for me, I hope I’m able to become one day as much talented than you, and do my classes easily in many styles and on many supports, with wonderful projects or cards to propose each time like you!
    I love what you do… Thanks for your kindness and simplicity always, though your projects are all so gorgeous.
    I plan to play with my Flonzcraft stamps soon 🙂 xxx

  10. Sandra says:

    It looks like you timed your trip perfectly Shirl. This is so delicate, pretty and feminine, I love a bit of Shabby Chic. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Sandra X

  11. Carola says:

    WOWWW, fantastic!!!! I love it.
    Hugs Carola

  12. Pamellia says:

    Wow, just so gorgeous Shirl!! I am loving these little toilet roll containers, what a genius idea and you have decorated them with such a lovely shabby chic feel. Oh how I love the soft palettes and all those luscious laces and flowers!! So so beautiful! Happy weekend my friend. hugs 🙂

  13. Avril says:

    These are so pretty Shirley, love all those little added details and such a great way to use up those lovely G5 papers.
    Sounds like a fun time with the family and it’s great that you all enjoyed the show together.
    Crafty hugs, Avril

  14. Donna Ellis says:

    Hi, Shirl! How nice to see your grandchildren on their special days. It’s almost as though Alex’s birthday gifted you with this fab class! Looks like a lot of fun to make such a feminine project, especially since it unites to present even more pretties along the inside- gorgeous laces and fabrics, beautiful textures , and interesting embellishments. So happy you’re home safe and sound! Hugs, de

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